Evatt Calls for Patience with Bolton's B Team

  • July 28, 2022 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Ian Evatt has requested supporters remain patient with the club's new B Team, who have lost all three of their games since their summer reformation.

Managed by Matt Craddock, who himself is assisted by player-coach Andrew Tutte, Wanderers' B Team were beaten 2-0 at Southport on Tuesday after also going down to both Atherton Collieries and Bamber Bridge earlier in their pre-season preparations.

Having entered the Central League for this forthcoming campaign, and with regular friendly fixtures said to be on the agenda, Evatt insists results and performances will improve and that nobody should read too much in their form at this early stage.

"We have to be really careful with the narrative we use towards the B team at the moment," Evatt told the Manchester Evening News.

"I think this is a group of young players that have been thrown together from up and down the country. They have been thrusted into completely new environments and some of them have moved away from home for the very first time. It's a completely new staff, a completely new group of players and we have to give them time.

"For me it's not about results right now. It's about the introduction to the football club, the environment, the culture, learning about our philosophy and identity and then engraining that into them. I must say that they've settled really well.

"Obviously the results haven't been what everybody wants or expects but it's not about that now. They need some time.

"They all need time. It's a completely new group and we've seen that ourselves when I first took over here.

"We had a completely new squad of players and for the first half of the season we couldn't get results. That changed in the January so we just need to cut them a bit of slack and give them time to develop and improve.

"They're young men, they're all going to be good players in their own right. They're not all going to make it, there's no doubt about that and the stats say that, but if we can get two or three through the production line and into the first-team then we've done a good job."

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